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Iran welcomes any initiative aimed at stopping Yemen war, blockade: Foreign Ministry

File photo shows a first responder searching for bodies of victims from under the rubble of a destroyed building hit by a Saudi-led airstrike south of the Yemeni capital Sana’a. (Photo by AFP)

The Iranian Foreign Ministry says Tehran, as ever, welcomes any initiative, including a recent UN proposal for a ceasefire, that could stop the five-year-old-plus war by Saudi Arabia and its allies against Yemen and their blockade of the impoverished country.

“Yemen has been faced with the biggest humanitarian crisis as a result of a destructive war,” Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday.

He reminded how the war and the aggressors’ simultaneous aerial, naval, and land blockade of Yemen have been coming in the way of humanitarian assistance to its people since the onset of the war in March 2015.

“And now spread of the coronavirus disease amid the absence of the most basic facilities and the gravity of the humanitarian situation in the country has doubled concerns,” the spokesman noted.

Mousavi pointed to a Monday proposal by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who called for “an immediate global ceasefire in all corners of the world.” Guterres also warned that in war-torn countries, health systems have collapsed and the small number of health professionals left were often targeted.

Mousavi said the proposal that has also been welcomed by Yemen’s National Salvation Government could serve as an “important step” towards preventing deaths of thousands of innocent people and opening up a window of opportunity for establishment of peace and stability.

In order for that to happen, however, the invading Saudi-led coalition has to take “practical measures” and lift the blockade, he added.

Saudi Arabia launched the war in March 2015 to restore power to Yemen’s former Riyadh-backed officials.

The Saudi-led coalition has been provided with arms, intelligence, logistical, and political support from the United States and some of its allies, notably the United Kingdom.

The weapons supplied by the US and others have included precision ammunition that the Saudi-led coalition has been deploying indiscriminately against Yemen’s civilian-populated areas.

The war has killed tens of thousands of Yemenis.

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